MATCH INFO: Chicago vs. FC Kansas City on Saturday, September 9, at 3 p.m. CT at Children’s Mercy Victory Field; Kansas City, Missouri. Watch live on Lifetime.
SERIES HISTORY: The Midwest rivalry is an even matchup between Chicago and Kansas City, with both teams having six wins under their belt along with four ties. The two clubs faced off less than a month ago at Toyota Park, where the Red Stars took a 1-3 loss. Sydney Leroux scored one, while Shea Groom tallied two assists. Chicago midfielder Julie Ertz has scored in both games against FCKC in 2017.
SCOUTING FC KANSAS CITY: The final third of the NWSL season has seen a different side of FC Kansas City, looking very similar to the team that won the 2014 and 2015 NWSL Championship. In the past five matches, Kansas City has four wins with just one loss, a 2-1 heartbreaker to Orlando Pride. Sydney Leroux has scored six goals in her return this season, while Shea Groom has notched four goals and six assists. Meanwhile, Nicole Barnhart just earned her 100th appearance for Kansas City and has yet to sit out in 2017. The veteran goalkeeper has earned four shutouts, while she leads the league in saves (87). Kansas City is looking to bolster their hopes for a playoff spot with a win over Chicago on their home turf.
RED STARS MILESTONES: With her 10th goal of the season, Christen Press now has 35 goals in her time playing for the Chicago Red Stars. Yuki Nagasato now has two assists since joining Chicago in July 2017. Both assists have led to a Julie Ertz goal.
LEADING THE NWSL: Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo is tied for the lead in assists (17) for all active players in NWSL. In 2015 and 2016, DiBernardo finished second overall in the NWSL in assists.
USWNT CALL-UP: Sofia Huerta earned her first call up to the U.S. Women’s National Team and practiced with the team during the recent FIFA break. Huerta, 24, did not dress for the games due to the U.S. WNT currently trying to gain the rights from Mexico, in which Huerta played five games for.
YOUNG & EXPERIENCED SQUAD: The Red Stars have one of the youngest rosters in the league, with a combined average age of 24.45, with seven players 23 years old or younger. However, a majority of the team has been together for three seasons, making it one of the most cohesive teams in the league.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Red Stars currently sit in third place in the NWSL league standings with 35 points. However, it is just nine points that separate the third to seventh place teams.
NEXT MATCH: Red Stars are just beginning their final road series of the season. Chicago will head south to take on the Houston Dash on September 23. The Red Stars have struggled on the road in Houston, losing both the 2016 and 2017 season opener at BBVA Compass Stadium.